How To Keep House Like A Mennonite

Do you know how to keep house like a Mennonite? Great tips and humour.

Hello, my friend, it's so wonderful to have you here. Have you ever noticed the trend to idealize all of the Plain folk – that is, the Mennonites, Amish and all associated with them? Admit it, you've probably done it (at least a little). Am I right?
Want to keep house like a Mennonite? Here are some tricks that I've learned from my Old Order Mennonite friends

You know how it goes.

If a recipe says Amish, it will be incredible.

All Mennonites have perfectly clean and tidy homes.

Plain men are hardworking, muscular and handsome.

Women are sweet and gentle-tempered and never, ever argue with their husbands or yell at their children.

That works well until you actually get to know a group of Mennonites and you find out that none of the stereotypes hold true for all of them.

Oh, there certainly are incredible cooks, immaculate homemakers, hardworking and muscular men and sweet-tempered women, but … not all of them. (And most of them aren't all of that at the same time)

Now, we are not Mennonite or Amish, but we do look like we are because the Holy Spirit has called us to live a Plain life in many ways, and we have many Plain Mennonite friends. The dresses I wear were made by Old Order friends.

Keep house like a Mennonite! Tips and tricks learned from my Old Order Mennonite friends


If you're wondering, Plain-with-a-capital-P refers to Old Order, Conservative and other Christian groups that espouse very modest, simple dress, modest behaviour, and are very careful about technology and how they interact with the world.

There are Plain Mennonites, Plain Amish, Plain Quakers, Plain Anglicans and I've known Plain Baptists, too. There are, of course, Plain people like us who are not affiliated with any denomination.
The truth is that, like any other group of people, there are some Plain folk who are fabulous homemakers like my friend Elizabeth and then there are ones that are more like … well, like me.

Elizabeth, who has eight children, has a spotless home. I would feel safe eating off her floor – in the bathroom. She’s sweet and loving and hospitable, welcoming strangers into her home for meals at a moment’s notice. Her sister, Mary, with a severely disabled adult daughter, also has an immaculate home. However, not all Mennonite women have that skill set. Some are great seamstresses or amazing cooks or incredible gardeners and farmers … but barely adequate homemakers.

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I’m one of those “barely adequate homemakers”. I’m happy to be home with my children, and I find plenty to do every day, but cleaning just ain’t my thang!

The irony is that I know quite well what to do and how to clean the house, but I’m scatterbrained. Were I a child today, I expect I’d be diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder. I’m good at gardening, (getting good at) raising animals, cooking great meals and raising awesome children … not so good at the housework.

There are a few things I know, though. This post is a bit long, so I've broken it up into three parts. Don't worry - you'll enjoy them all.

Are you ready? Let's learn few things from my wonderful Mennonite friends. The first has to do with your kitchen ...

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